News stories published in The Messenger’s Online Edition during February 15-28, 2001 , included:

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 1, 2001

February 15

Goshen Elementary wages educational war on tobacco

GOSHEN ­ From now until the middle of March, each class at Goshen Elementary School will have had anti-tobacco education.

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Feb. 14, 2001 10 PM

Property owners assessed demolition fees by city

Property owners whose buildings were demolished by the city of Troy will now have that money assessed to their property taxes.

Feb. 14, 2001 10 PM

Opp man charged in Troy rape case

A 23-year-old Opp man is out on $50,000 bond following his arrest on rape charges stemming from an alleged incident in which he stands accused of sexually assaulting a Troy woman.

Feb. 14, 2001 10 PM

Sweethearts crowned Valentine king, queen

A couple of "sweethearts" were crowned Valentine King and Queen at the Colley Senior Complex yesterday.

Feb. 14, 2001 10 PM

February 16

Dr. Bronner featured as Founders Day speaker

Troy State University will celebrate Founders Day Monday, Feb. 26 with a ceremony featuring a special TSU employee recognition ceremony and a keynote speech by Dr. David Bronner, Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Systems of Alabama

Feb. 15, 2001 10 PM

Neighbor: Local ASA Hall of Famer recalls sports contributions

Bobby Joe Ellsworth’s professional baseball career came to a premature end in the sands of Ft. Polk, La.

Feb. 15, 2001 10 PM

Hearings begin in proration lawsuit

A six-hour hearing in Montgomery Circuit Court on Thursday did not bring a resolution, but did result in some verbal slaps to state officials.

Feb. 17, 2001 10 PM

Proration bill merits 30 legislative signatures

MONTGOMERY ­ Almost 30 legislators have signed on to a bill that would mean less money for them in the event proration is ever declared.

Feb. 15, 2001 10 PM

Tornado sightings increasing in state

On average, Alabama has 22 tornadoes touch down each year.

Feb. 17, 2001 10 PM

Wreck claims life of Highland Home man

A one-vehicle accident on Shellhorn Road early Friday morning resulted in the death of a Highland Home man.

Feb. 17, 2001 10 PM

Troy Zoning Board rejects Montgomery Street day care

For the sixth time, members of the Money family were denied the opportunity to open a group home day care by the Troy Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals.

Feb. 15, 2001 10 PM

February 18

Ford selected as new TSU band director

Reaction to Ralph Ford becoming the new director of bands for Troy State University met with a round of applause from members of the "Sound of the South."

Feb. 17, 2001 10 PM

Education is the key to safety in severe weather

Hot, humid weather in February has moved aside for cooler temperatures, but the clash of warm and cold are critical reminders of why Alabama Severe Weather Awareness Week is Feb. 19-23.

Feb. 17, 2001 10 PM

February 20

Josh Rimes selected as People to People student ambassador

Opportunities of a lifetime don’t come around often.

Feb. 19, 2001 10 PM

United Way off to a good start with fund raising effort

Saturday night, Troy State University basketball fans will have the opportunity to win prizes and help local agencies.

Feb. 19, 2001 10 PM

Wright flyer passes Ohio team inspection

Brundidge is fast gaining the reputation as the "Wright" place to be.

Feb. 19, 2001 10 PM

CHHS student wants to make a difference

One Charles Henderson High School freshman wants to give back something to his community.

Feb. 19, 2001 10 PM

February 21

AIM project makes positive impact

Halfway through the five-year grant period for the Abstinence in Motion (AIM) project, evaluation results show the project has had a positive impact.

Feb. 20, 2001 10 PM

Pike Co. Chamber gears up for Expo 2001

The second annual Pike County Chamber of Commerce "Taste of Pike County" and Business Expo is rapidly approaching and local businesses and restaurants are gearing up for the big night.

Feb. 20, 2001 10 PM

Annual Heart Walk scheduled Saturday

Marsha Gaylard will be tying her walking shoes with a purpose in mind on Saturday morning.

Feb. 20, 2001 10 PM

Pryor: Kids need positive role models

Children need responsible, committed, caring adults in their lives.

Feb. 20, 2001 10 PM

February 22

Brundidge Council eyes zoning requests

BRUNDIDGE ­ Most of Tuesday’s city council meeting involved discussion of zoning issues, but few resolutions were reached.

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

County considers abolishing constable position

Pike County Commissioners have taken the first step toward abolishing the office of constable.

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

Sen. Shelby holds Troy meeting today

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby will make a stop in Pike County today.

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

Pike Sheriff Dept. recovers stolen antiques

Cooperation between the Brundidge Police Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest of a Crenshaw County man.

Feb. 21, 2001 10 PM

February 23

Lockheed celebrates production of Javelin missile

Lockheed Martin Pike County Operations will celebrate a milestone today.

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

Neighbor: He’s the ‘Miracle Man’

Around his neighborhood and among friends, Horace Killingsworth is known as the "miracle man."

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

Judge shoots down proration

A Montgomery Circuit Court judge has had her say and the Alabama Legislature now has five days to come up with an answer.

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

Shelby praises Bush’s ‘good start’

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, has good things to say about the country’s new president with whom Shelby shares a political party.

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

Suspect sought in Thursday attack

The assault of a Coca-Cola employee has detectives with the Troy Police Department looking for the person or individuals responsible for the attack.

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

TSU outlines potential cuts

Editor’s Note: The following press release was issued Thursday night by Troy State University’s public affairs office. The entire text of the release follows.

Feb. 22, 2001 10 PM

February 25

Two Troy men arrested for burglary of residence

A burglary and robbery early Saturday morning was wrapped up when two Troy men were arrested by the Troy Police Department.

Proration leads to special Sunday session

Today will be no day of rest for Alabama lawmakers.

Couple shares ‘Man and Woman of the Year’ honors

The Brundidge Business Association (BBA) honored two community "servants" Thursday night by naming them "Man and Woman of the Year."

February 27

Supreme Court lifts stay on proration

A judge’s order to halt proration has been overturned by the state’s highest court.

Feb. 27, 2001 10 PM

Kids invited to tea with ‘Tealee’ at museum

"Tealee McNeely and Her Big Imagination" will be challenging the imagination of Pike County youngsters when she visits the Pioneer Museum of Alabama at 2 p.m. Friday.

TSU celebrates 114 years of excellence

Troy State University celebrated 114 years of education excellence on Tuesday and honored those who have worked many years to accomplish that goal.

TSU rallies to combat higher education cuts

One Troy State University student sarcastically offered "thanks" to Gov. Don Siegelman ­ "our education governor" for the financial woes that may be experienced by institutions of higher learning.

February 28

Second Annual Expo promises to top last year

The second annual Pike County Chamber of Commerce "Taste of Pike County" and Business Expo is rapidly approaching and the Chamber is encouraging people to hurry up and secure their tickets to the spectacular event.

Feb. 28, 2001 10 PM

Cornelius Griffin: Built Ford tough

New York Giants defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin was one of four NFL players selected by the fans as Built Ford Tough MVPs during this year’s post-season play.

Feb. 27, 2001 10 PM

Supreme Court lifts stay on proration

A judge’s order to halt proration has been overturned by the state’s highest court.

Feb. 27, 2001 10 PM

‘Use tax’ will add to city coffers

The city of Troy now has a "sales and use" tax, but residents don’t need to be alarmed; their tax burden will not be increased.

Feb. 27, 2001 10 PM